Abigail Pogrebin is the author of the recently published book, My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, which was reviewed by David Gregory in the New York Times and featured on the Today Show. Her first book, Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish, was adapted for the Off-Broadway Stage and her second book, One and the Same, covered her every aspect of being a twin. A former producer for Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes and for Bill Moyers at PBS, she has written for numerous publications including Newsweek, New York Magazine, the Daily Beast, the Forward and Tablet, and has moderated conversations at the JCC in Manhattan, the 92Y, the Skirball Center, and the Shalom Hartman Institute. She currently serves as President of Central Synagogue in Manhattan.
The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies at UC Santa Barbara, a program of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, is cosponsored by UCSB Department of Religious Studies, Congregation B’nai B’rith, Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara Hillel.